The brain of former WWE superstar Joanie "Chyna" Laurer has been donated to CTE (chronic traumatic encenphalopathy) research following her tragic death last week, her manager said Tuesday.
While it could be weeks until the actual cause of death could be determined by a toxicology report, Chyna's former manager, Anthony Anzaldo, told NBC4 in Los Angeles that her brain has been given to researcher Dr. Bennet Omalu to see whether there were any effects of CTE involved.
CTE, which is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, can be diagnosed only after death via an examination of brain tissue.
"We want to donate her brain," Anzaldo told The New York Daily News. "We want to know what made Chyna tick."
Other wrestlers have had their brains for such research, including Chris Benoit, who made national and worldwide headlines with his infamous murder-suicide of his wife and 7-year-old son. The verdict on that resulted in discovering that Benoit's brain was almost identical with an 85-year-old Alzheimer's patient.